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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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William Shakespeare. (1564–1616) (continued)
    There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    A dream itself is but a shadow.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    Man delights not me: no, nor woman neither.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    There is something in this more than natural, if philosophy could find it out.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    I know a hawk from a handsaw.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    O Jephthah, judge of Israel, what a treasure hadst thou!
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    One fair daughter and no more,
The which he loved passing well.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    Come, give us a taste of your quality.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    The play, I remember, pleased not the million; ’t was caviare to the general.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    They are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time: after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping?
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    What ’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her?
          Hamlet. Act ii. Sc. 2.